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I Heart Copepods. You should, too.

It's hard to believe a tiny animal like krill could exist in large enough numbers to feed an animal as massive as a whale, let alone the world's population of whales (even if we did do our best to hunt whales to extinction in the 1800s)...

November 4, 2011 — Kalliopi Monoyios

Scientific authorship: guests, courtesy, contributions, and harms.

DrugMonkey asks, where's the harm in adding a "courtesy author" (also known as a "guest author") to the author line of a scientific paper?I think this question has interesting ethical dimensions, but before we get into those, we need to say a little bit about what's going on with authorship of scientific papers.I suppose there are possible worlds in which who is responsible for what in a scientific paper might not matter...

November 4, 2011 — Janet D. Stemwedel

Why Daylight Saving Time Should Be Abolished

It's that time of year in the U.S. when clocks "fall back" from Daylight Saving Time to standard time. What does that mean? Well, you get back the hour of sleep you lost last spring and you can look forward to a week or so of feeling discombobulated.The railroads were the first to set the time in the 19th century, coordinating distant clocks so that trains could run on theoretically precise timetables (this cut down on crashes.)...

November 4, 2011 — David Biello

England Tries Wire and Mesh "Bat Bridges" to Save Endangered Species

The U.K. Highways Agency plans to build a series of new "bat bridges" to help endangered bats fly across the busy A11 highway near Norfolk in eastern England without being killed by cars and trucks, but even though measures to protect bats from projects like this are required by law some politicians are balking at the cost.Five previous bat bridge projects built by the agency over the past few years carried a price tag of nearly $800,000...

November 4, 2011 — John R. Platt

Sneak a little science in: blogs in teaching

I have been traveling and speaking a lot this semester, perhaps too much. Because we've both had so many traveling commitments this year, for the last month I've hardly seen my husband, because he's away one week and I'm away the next...

November 4, 2011 — Kate Clancy

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